Thursday, July 15, 2010

Manga the week of 7/21

Well, OK, not *just* manga. Scott Pilgrim is pretty much going to be overshadowing anything else out this week, and rightly so. Some people already have it, according to Diamond, but these people are not me, so I shall get my copy on the 21st.

Vertical is releasing the first volume of Peepo Choo, a cross-cultural manga by Felipe Smith, which ran in Kodansha's monthly manga magazine Morning Two (home of Saint Young Men). I haven't had a chance to read it yet (it's not really safe to read on public transit), but hope to this weekend. Definitely recommended, always support Western authors working in mainstream Japan. :)

Viz has the 23rd Fullmetal Alchemist, which is in the midst of the big finale. Several volumes to go, of course - it's a long finale. This volume in particular has some great stuff, especially for fans of the sort of relationship between Roy Mustang and Riza Hawkeye. Though the *best* line goes to someone else, and I won't spoil it...

And Yen has a huge pile of stuff, including the first volume of Ugly Duckling's Love Revolution, a shoujo-ish manga from their boy's love magazine Comic B's-Log (though I think the series lacks actual boys' love). Romeo x Juliet, a media tie-in manga from Kadokawa Shoten's magazine for female otaku, Asuka, which will be an oversize complete-in-one volume here. And they debut a light novel line with the Book Girl series. I have to say the title of the first volume, Book Girl and the Suicidal Mine, intrigues me. But can it possibly be as screwed up as NISIOISIN? Zaregoto has spoiled me...

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